The gatherings were a part of the My Hope World Evangelism through Television project and were the largest outreaches in the history of both the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
“These faithful Christians took a bold step in inviting their friends and neighbors to their homes, and God truly worked through their efforts and prayers,” said Bill Conard, vice president of international ministries for BGEA.
“Projects like this show that evangelism is not only for pastors, but for anyone who longs for those around them to experience the hope and love found only in Jesus Christ.”
After months of preparation, the programs culminated in a combined total of more than 59,000 home events in March and April, which included a TV program featuring a sermon from Billy or Franklin Graham and a personal testimony from the host.
In the Dominican Republic, 55,391 people made commitments to Christ, with 13,797 doing so in Puerto Rico. Altogether more than 5,500 churches from across the evangelical spectrum were involved in the projects.
“Collecting results from all churches often takes weeks, and we just recently received the final numbers from Puerto Rico,” said Conard. “During that time follow-up efforts were made to help new believers become involved in a local church body and thereby grow in their faith.”
“We’ve been so encouraged by the stories we’ve heard,” he continued. “One small, 70-member church in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, held 11 home meetings as part of My Hope. Of the 71 who attended the gatherings, 62 made commitments to Jesus Christ – most of them first-time decisions.”